After the Capitals’ third day of practice without knowing who they will face in the second round, discussion in the dressing room ranged from Karl Alzner’s new closely-shorn haircut to Eric Fehr’s attendance at Tuesday’s Nationals game.
While everyone is anxious to see the outcome of both Game 7s tonight — between Montreal-Boston and Pittsburgh- Tampa Bay — Coach Bruce Boudreau did offer some updates on the availability of Washington’s injured players.
--Mike Green is “fine,” Boudreau reiterated, and will be ready to go when the series starts.
--Mike Knuble, who missed the last two games against the Rangers with a suspected right hand injury, should be able to return in the second round at some juncture. Knuble skated with the Hershey call-ups along with some other injured players prior to the main group’s practice this morning.
“He’s still not ready to go in but he’s skating and keeping his conditioning up,” Boudreau said. “I don’t have a timetable but it’d be sooner than later. I think he’ll be available in the second round at some point.”
--Dennis Wideman’s recovery from a leg hematoma continues and he was also among the group on the second sheet of ice at KCI prior to the main practice. While Wideman said he hoped to practice with the team at some point this week, Boudreau said that likely won’t happen.
“There’s one more practice [this week], that means he’d have to practice with the group. I don’t think he’ll practice with the group tomorrow,” Boudreau said. “After that, all doors are open.”
--Both Michal Neuvirth and Semyon Varlamov and eight defensemen (John Carlson, Karl Alzner, Jeff Schultz, Mike Green, John Erskine, Scott Hannan, Sean Collins and Tyler Sloan) took part in the full practice.
Forward lines this morning were as follows: